The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

93 Minutes • NR


Lark Theater Fri, May 4, 2018 12:20 PM
Lark Theater Mon, May 7, 2018 4:45 PM
Lark Theater Thu, May 10, 2018 11:00 AM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:1968
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jean-Marie Straub
Danièle Huillet
Cast:Paolo Carlini
Concentus Musicus
Hanover Boys Choir
Wolfgang Schöne
Bernd Weikl
Nikolaus Harnoncourt


The widow of Bach reminisces in this biography. Her life with the great composer was not easy. He seldom spoke to her. When he did, it was only to read letters of complaint.

Included are performances of Bach's works including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Prelude 6 from the "Little Clavier Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Minuet 2 of the Suite in D Minor from the "Little Clavier Book for Anna Magdalena Bach, Sonata No. 2 in D Major for Viola and Harpsichord, Partita in E Minor from the "Little Clavier Book for Anna Magdalena Bach, Trio-sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Magnificat in D Major, "St. Matthew Passion, Prelude in B Minor for Organ, Mass in B Minor, Ascension Oratorio, Clavier-Uebung Italian Concerto, Goldberg Variations, Musical Offering, Art of the Fugue Corale for Organ, and Cantatas No. 205, 198, 244, 42, 215, 140, 82.

"The Chronicle Of Anna Magdalena Bach disregards most conventions of costume drama to ask some very human questions about history, what it takes to be an artist, and what movies can tell us about ourselves." - AV Club

"Among the great filmmakers whose work is underrepresented..., Jean-Marie Straub and  Danièle Huillet are high on the list" - The New Yorker